Gordon Forster

Gordon Forster, late of William Tillman,St James Street, London, would like to share with you his love and understanding in the care and manufacture of fine furniture. As part of his apprenticeship in the Tillman workshops in Borough Green, Gordon learnt to appreciate and enhance the natural beauty of wood and to combine this with the principles of good design.

‘Bobby’ the new apprentice
During the 70's and 80's he rose from an apprentice to be the foreman in the Polishing shop where he was responsible for quality control and all aspect of manufacturing and restoration. He worked on many of the prize winning pieces and helped restore much of the antique furniture sold in the St James Steet show rooms.

Now working from his home and workshops in Westwell, Nr Ashford Kent, Gordon can offer 35 years of experience to advise on the restoration and refinishing of antique and other good quality furniture. In addition to preserving existing pieces Gordon will design and manufacture new furniture as a special commission. He is quick to point out that furniture does not have to be old to be of fine quality and some of the excellent hand made reproduction and bespoke furniture gives as much pleasure to the owner as pieces from a previous period.

Table by William Tillman Refurbished Door Refurbished Door & Paneling

Restoration is not the same as repair. To regain the former splendour of the piece, while maintaining the character from its passage through life, requires an affinity with the material, the design and its history.

Hepplewhite dining chairs in a Robert Adam setting
In addition to traditional restoration Gordon has wide experience of working with insurance companies to return pieces to their original condition following fire or flood damage.
Gordon will be pleased to hear from anyone requiring further information or advice.

Send an email to Gordon Forster
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RGA Forster. Furniture Restorer and French Polisher, Westwell, Ashford, Kent